Journalism

Introduction to Journalism

COM JO 100 (2 credits)

This course introduces the field of journalism to students. It will acquaint students from COM and across the university with the journalism profession and will include instruction in writing, editing, and journalistic practices in addition to an overview of the news industry. 2 cr, Fall semester.

2016FALLCOMJO100 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 4:00 pm 6:00 pm CGS 527
2017SPRGCOMJO100 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Fundamentals of Journalism

COM JO 250 (4 credits)

Required of journalism majors. The goal is for students to acquire fundamental newsgathering and writing skills needed to thrive as journalists working in any medium. The course is based in the classroom, but students are expected to learn and adhere to professional newsroom standards. The course focuses on essential practices and principles that apply to reporters, photographers, bloggers, producers and editors across all media formats. The class emphasizes news judgment, storytelling and reporting skills, as well as writing clearly and quickly. 4 cr, either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO250 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:00 pm 5:00 pm COM B25
2016FALLCOMJO250 C1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:00 pm 3:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO250 D1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am COM B27
2016FALLCOMJO250 E1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm COM 321
2016FALLCOMJO250 G1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 5:00 pm COM 208
2016FALLCOMJO250 I1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm SED 212
2017SPRGCOMJO250 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 2:00 pm 3:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO250 C1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO250 D1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 9:05 am 9:55 am

Editorial Design

COM JO 301 (4 credits)

This is a studio course where students learn the elements of design. Students design a newsletter and sample pages for a magazine on topics of their own choosing. Students design with required Adobe Creative applications. This course covers the principles of typography, composition, and visual language and encourages creative/innovative ideas. All projects will be portfolio pieces. 4 cr, either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO301 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:30 pm 3:30 pm COM 211
2017SPRGCOMJO301 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:30 pm 3:15 pm

Visual Journalism

COM JO 303 (4 credits)

Required of journalism majors. An introductory course designed to provide students with a basic working knowledge of the media required for professional journalism, including photography, sound, video, and editing for production of multimedia packages. No previous experience in visual media is required.

2016FALLCOMJO303 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 12:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO303 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:00 am 12:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO303 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:00 pm 6:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO303 D1, Sep 9th to Dec 9th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
F 12:00 pm 3:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO303 F1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO303 G1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:00 pm 9:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO303 H1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 12:00 pm 3:00 pm COM 214
2017SPRGCOMJO303 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:30 pm 6:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO303 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 8:00 am 10:45 am
2017SPRGCOMJO303 C1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 2:30 pm 5:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO303 D1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 8:00 am 10:45 am

Online Journalism

COM JO 304 (4 credits)

Required of journalism majors. This course introduces students to reporting, writing and creating multimedia journalism for the web. Students learn how to create stories using a variety of media. They learn which elements -- text, stills, audio, video, and interactive graphics -- are best for delivering a story and engaging an online news audience. Students also learn the basics of the tools needed to create multimedia journalism packages and practice using them to report news online. 4 cr, either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO304 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:00 pm 9:00 pm COM 206
2016FALLCOMJO304 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 1:00 pm 4:00 pm COM 319
2016FALLCOMJO304 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:00 am 12:00 pm COM 206
2016FALLCOMJO304 D1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 1:00 pm 4:00 pm COM 319
2016FALLCOMJO304 E1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 4:00 pm COM 319
2017SPRGCOMJO304 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 6:30 pm 9:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO304 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 3:30 pm 6:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO304 C1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 12:30 pm 3:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO304 D1, Jan 25th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 6:30 pm 9:15 pm

Basic Photography for non-majors

COM JO 305 (4 credits)

Students learn the fundamentals of digital photography, from the basics of image capture to processing finished photographs and introduction to their use in digital media. No previous experience in photography is required. 4 cr., either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO305 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:00 pm 6:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO305 C1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 12:00 pm 3:00 pm COM 214
2016FALLCOMJO305 E1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 3:00 pm 6:00 pm COM 214
2017SPRGCOMJO305 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 8:00 am 10:45 am
2017SPRGCOMJO305 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 3:30 pm 6:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO305 C1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO305 E1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 8:00 am 10:45 am

Feature Writing

COM JO 309 (4 credits)

Writing feature articles for newspapers. Covers markets open to free-lance writers, published articles, newspaper feature sections, and Sunday supplements.

2016FALLCOMJO309 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 1:00 pm 4:00 pm COM B29
2017SPRGCOMJO309 C1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 4:45 pm

Beat Reporting

COM JO 310 (4 credits)

Required of all Journalism majors. Students advance their reporting skills by learning to cover a city neighborhood or a community beat. Students branch out across the city and suburbs to cover courts, crime, education, local and state politics, and other essentials of community reporting. Students develop their own sources and story ideas with the goal of professional publication in the Boston University News Service or another news site. The purpose is to hone your reporting skills, develop sources, and build both competence and confidence. Students produce stories, photos, audio and video for the Web. Class is run like a newsroom, and students are encouraged to show enterprise. 4 cr, either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO310 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 9:30 am 11:00 am COM 211
2016FALLCOMJO310 B1, Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 9:00 am 12:00 pm COM 206
2016FALLCOMJO310 C1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 2:00 pm COM 317
2017SPRGCOMJO310 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 12:30 pm 1:45 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO310 B1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 8:00 am 9:15 am
2017SPRGCOMJO310 C1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 3:30 pm 4:45 pm
2017SPRGCOMJO310 D1, Jan 20th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
MWF 11:15 am 12:05 pm

Photojournalism I

COM JO 312 (4 credits)

An introductory course for students interested in pursuing a career in photojournalism and visual reporting. Students photograph assignments to the standards of professional news outlets and advance their skills in digital photography for use on websites and in publications. 4 cr., either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO312 A1, Sep 12th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 12:00 pm 3:00 pm COM 210
2017SPRGCOMJO312 A1, Jan 23rd to May 1st 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
M 2:30 pm 5:15 pm

TV Reporting

COM JO 351 (4 credits)

Learn how to find, write, shoot, and edit news packages, broadcast on television or the internet. Taught by veteran journalists in a newsroom complete with the latest digital technologies. 4 cr, either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO351 A1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 1:00 pm 4:00 pm COM 321
2017SPRGCOMJO351 B1, Jan 19th to Apr 27th 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 12:30 pm 3:15 pm

History of U.S. Journalism

COM JO 357 (4 credits)

Required of Journalism majors. This course surveys the evolution of the American news media, beginning with newspapers in 1704 and continuing through the telegraph, photography, radio, and television before taking up the Digital Revolution now sweeping through journalism. Students examine press freedom, censorship, changing definitions of news, and changes in the business model underlying journalism. Based on that history, we also examine the enduring values and principles of journalism in the U.S. and consider emerging business models. Recommended to be taken before JO525. 4 cr, either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO357 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:30 pm EPC 207
2017SPRGCOMJO357 A1, Jan 19th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TR 11:00 am 12:15 pm

Magazine Journalism

COM JO 403 (4 credits)

Students learn to research and write lengthy articles of national magazine quality. Students also learn editing skills. 4 cr. Either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO403 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 3:30 pm 6:00 pm COM B27
2017SPRGCOMJO403 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Magazine Workshop

COM JO 408 (4 credits)

This capstone magazine writing course is designed to create a published magazine as a writing portfolio for students. This is a studio course, taught by two professors, that covers writing and design in a setting that captures the dynamics of professional practice. Working in groups, students assume professional positions and conceptualize, write, edit, design, and publish magazines. Magazines are designed and published using Adobe Creative applications. Design concepts and techniques, along with computer programs used in this course, are taught with step by step instructions. 4 cr, either sem.

2017SPRGCOMJO408 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Advanced Photography for Non-majors

COM JO 410 (4 credits)

Students refine shooting skills for photos and video, learn the basics of sound recording and the interview, and refine editing workflow for producing visual documentaries. Students learn concepts, principles and standards of documentary work. 4 cr.

2016FALLCOMJO410 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Professional Journalism Internship

COM JO 411 (Var credits)

Valuable on-the-job practice of journalism skills. Provides student with portfolio of professional work. The student works 150 hours per semester or summer at the internship. Assistance in placement; instructor must approve project. Comprehensive paper, employer evaluation, and portfolio required at end of semester.

2017SPRGCOMJO411 A1, Jan 19th to May 3rd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
TBD TBD

Professional Journalism Internship

COM JO 412 (Var credits)

Student develops a professional portfolio while working in the field. Assistance in placement; instructor must approve project. Paper, employer evaluation, and portfolio required upon completion of internship. Hours: 120- 200 per semester or summer. Variable credits.

2016FALLCOMJO412 A1, Sep 6th to Dec 12th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
ARR TBD TBD

Broadcast Journalism Internship

COM JO 413 (Var credits)

On-the-job observation and training at a news website, television, radio station or network. Employer and student evaluations required at end of semester.

Enterprise Reporting

COM JO 431 (4 credits)

Students produce in-depth video reports similar to those seen on network TV news magazine programs, news websites or, local television series. Includes a review of job trends in the field and advice on producing a resume reel or website. 4 cr., Spring semester.

2017SPRGCOMJO431 B1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 12:30 pm 3:15 pm

Online Radio Newsroom

COM JO 435 (4 credits)

For students who like the teamwork and adrenaline of a real newsroom. Students produce a half-hour LIVE news show on the student radio station, WTBU, during each class. Students report, write, produce and engineer all the news sports and commentary on deadline. Students use social media to report stories and upload content to the Boston University News Service website. Student file stories frequently and programs from NPR, BBC, WBZ, and other radio news outlets will be critiqued. 4 cr. either sem.

2016FALLCOMJO435 A1, Sep 8th to Dec 8th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
R 9:00 am 12:30 pm COM 321
2017SPRGCOMJO435 A1, Jan 24th to May 2nd 2017
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
T 8:00 am 10:45 am

Television Newsroom

COM JO 451 (4 credits)

Students produce a weekly half-hour newscast, broadcast on cable TV and the Internet, with live coverage and video reports about local, national and international news as well as sports highlights and the weather forecast. Students rotate positions weekly, using a television studio and control booth, collaborating to broadcast a fresh, informative and accurate newscast while facing the daily deadlines of a working newsroom. 4 cr, Fall sem.

2016FALLCOMJO451 B1, Sep 7th to Dec 7th 2016
Days Start End Type Bldg Room
W 9:00 am 1:00 pm COM 321